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Re: caring for body: sAttvic?

From: T.V.Venkatesh (
Date: Tue Nov 30 1999 - 10:37:30 PST

                             Srimathe Narayanaya Namaha

Today morning adiyEn was listening to the upanyAsam of Sri Velukkudi 
Krishnan swami in the FM channel on "nAlAyira divya prabhandam" in 
which he touched the pAsuram of "vEda nool prAyam nooru..." from 
ThirumAlai of Thondaradippodi AzhwAr. Actually this pAsuram is sung 
in a state of virakhti by the AzhwAr, asking Ranganathan, not to give 
him any more births in this materialistic world.

A rough translation is,(vEda nool prAyam nooru)  the life time of a 
human, as laid down by the vEdAs, is 100 years, (pAdhiyum urangip 
pOgum), we lose a precious 50 years just by sleeping, (ninRadhip 
padhinaiyANdu), hence what is left over is only 50 years. (pEdhai, 
pAlagan, adhu) Of the remaining, in the earlier stages of being a 
baby, young boy and teenAger, we never try to realise and reach 
emberumAn, (piNi, pasi, mooppu ) and when we realise Him and want to 
reach Him, then comes the stage of Sickness (piNi), and Old age etc.

Here as the AzhwAr says that Sickness and Old age sickness are one of 
those reasons why we cannot reach perumAL, it is quite evident that 
we should try to maintain our health also in a good condition. Only 
when we are healthy we will be able to move out and do any kainkaryam 
to perumAL. 

Apart from the above reasons, we should maintain a good health for 
the reasons, clearly bought out by Sri Anbil swamy in his posting. 
Yes, pEyAzhwAr says in his MoonRAm thiruvandhAdhi, "manathuLLAn, 
mAkadal neeruLLAn..". His No.1 residing place is within our 
Hearts, only then AzhwAr says He is residing in ThiruppARkkadal. So 
it is necessary that for Him to reside within us, we need to keep 
ourselves neat and clean and maintain a good health. 

On a lighter note, for the above ThirumAlai pAsuram, when AzhwAr 
says, the remaining no. of years after sleep is 50, somebody said, as 
quoted by Sri Velukkudi swamy, that this 50 years remaining is only 
if that man sleeps during the night  time alone. If he sleeps both 
the time in a day then the remaining will be 15 years only 
("padhinaiyAndu", here is considered as 10+5=15 instead of 10x5=50)

adiyEn rAmAnuja dAsan,

Thirumalai Vinjamoor Venkatesh

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